WikiLeaks' Assange faces questioning by prosecutors
22 Novembre, 2016, 09:59
Assange rejects the accusations and has been harbored in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last four years.
The results of the interview will be transcribed and reported from Ecuador to the Swedish prosecutors in a written statement.
Swedish police inspector Cecilia Redell, Ecuador ambassador Carlos Ortiz and one of Assange's lawyers, Per Samuelson, were all also present at the embassy for the interview.
Robinson would not be drawn on whether Assange would provide a DNA sample wanted by Swedish prosecutors.
"We have always said Julian Assange should answer the serious sex allegations but he has made it clear he is willing to answer the allegations". He hasn't been indicted.
He believes that once he would be in Sweden, he would then be extradited to the United States where he could face espionage charges following the leaking of thousands of classified documents on his WikiLeaks website relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prosecutors will not be making any public statements about the questioning.
Swedish authorities have been trying for years to question Assange.
"The question we have to ask is why have the Swedish prosecutors taken so long to come here and ask him those questions, even though they were rebuked way back in 2014 by the Swedish courts for the delays and hesitations".
Assange had continued to operate WikiLeaks from the embassy.
It will be the first time he has been interviewed over the matter since initial questioning by Swedish police at the time of the allegation.
Swedish authorities say those fears are unsupported.
Outside the embassy, a small group of protesters held banners reading "Free Assange" and "You Won't Stop Wikileaks" outside the embassy as the officials arrived.
In fact, Julian Assange was recently blamed for interfering with the presidential elections, since his organizations released thousands of classified information about Hillary Clinton after they get private emails of her campaign chairman, John Podesta.
Assange's Swedish defence lawyer, Per Samuelsson, complained that he has been barred from the hearing.
The whistleblower jumped bailed and took refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 days before he was to be extradited to Sweden because he feared that he would then be handed over to US authorities.
Assange, 45, an Australian citizen, received asylum in Educator's London embassy in 2012.
Wikileaks, which publishes leaked documents online, most recently released thousands of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton's US presidential campaign.
Three days have been set aside for the interview, which follows years of legal and diplomatic wrangling between Sweden and Ecuador.